Browns rally falls short in regular season finale

Browns rally falls short in regular season finale

The 23-year-old passed Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson for the National Football League rookie passing touchdown record with his 27th of the season against the Baltimore Ravens.

Mayfield might have thrown the late game-defining pick, but the Browns QB had another terrific outing and his touchdown passes in the game took his to 27 for the season.

The TD to Callaway was the third of the game for Mayfield - against the NFL's top-ranked defense. Manning and Wilson both got full seasons of work in their rookie years.

Mayfield and company came up just short in the 26-24 loss at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, with the rookie quarterback's interception on the final drive sealing the win and a playoff berth for the Ravens. After throwing a 66-yard-pass to seal the win late in the game, Mayfield stared down Jackson for what seemed like an eternity on the sidelines. In the first half they totaled 179 rushing yards, the fourth highest number in franchise history. The Browns took a major risk drafting the prolific, but undersized, quarterback from Oklahoma first overall, but they clearly don't have many reasons to think they made a mistake so far.

While the schedule won't be released until mid-April, we know who the Browns will play next season.

The Ravens could have made this game a lot easier, but little mistakes caught up with the Ravens. The Browns recovered his fumble, though it easily could have been a 99-yard touchdown for Cleveland.




The second-year corner has played up to an All-Pro caliber level this season but didn't provide one of his best performances against the Browns.

A win today would give the Browns their first winning record since 2007. Instead, it was overturned upon review and the Browns got the ball back at their 7.

It's the first AFC North championship for the Ravens since 2012.

It prevented a nightmare repeat of a year ago, when all the Ravens had to do was beat the Bengals at home to clinch, but gave up a 49-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left to fall.

Greg Joseph's 46-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left as time expired in the half to keep the score 20-7 Ravens.

He also owns team marks for touchdown passes and passing yards by a rookie. If they lost, the season was over and so was the idea of them holding the division crown.

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